Domestic complaint leads to stash of stolen merchandise

Jeff Bobo • Jun 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

CHURCH HILL — A domestic disturbance complaint Friday night near Church Hill led the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office to a stash of shoplifted merchandise.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday, HCSO Deputy Mark Harrell was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at 159 Lynch Road, where he met Tina and Christopher Flanigan.

Tina Flanigan stated she had been in a verbal altercation with William Ashley Davis, 30, of that address, and that Davis had left.

Christopher Flanigan stated he found a cell phone box on the couch along with an anti-theft device and that Davis had stolen it and other items from the Walmart in Kingsport on Stone Drive.

The Flanigans also told Harrell they could find Davis and other stolen items at an address on Old Union Road.

Harrell found Davis at that address around 11 p.m. and received consent from Davis to search his vehicle.

A cell phone matching the serial number of the box found at the Lynch Road residence was allegedly found in the vehicle along with several other items of clothing including three packs of socks, eight packs of boxer briefs, five packs of T-shirts, four pairs of shorts, a pair of blue jeans and an individual T-shirt.

The total value of the items recovered was $224.

Davis allegedly admitted shoplifting the items.

Harrell contacted the Walmart manager, who confirmed that the items had been stolen at 5:45 a.m. Friday. Video surveillance footage showed a male suspect and a vehicle matching Davis.

Harrell said he would be following up with Walmart’s loss prevention officers, and charges against Davis are pending.

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